One of the Citizen Power Peterborough projects, Sustainable Citizenship aimed to encourage, test and support people’s ideas to make green behaviour easier in Peterborough and the city a more sustainable place to live.
The objectives were:
To encourage innovative projects (with an emphasis on encouraging behaviour change) led by local residents
To create a digital network that would allow sharing of information and best practice among local volunteers
To build capacity and support ideas
To support Peterborough’s bid to become the Environment Capital of the UK through practical projects and learning about environmental activism
The project stimulated and incubated community-led environmental projects, and strengthened the local network of environmentalists making it more innovative.
Around 75 local environmentalists participated in Sustainable Citizenship. 14 hyper-local environmental pilot projects designed and led by local people were funded.
Sustainable Citizenship delivered workshops and talks and introduced on-line platform Project Dirt to the city. Project Dirt increased the visibility of practical environmental action by community groups and helped better networking among local environmentalists.
It also serves as a long-term repository for people’s experiences bringing Peterborough residents into easy contact with non-Peterborough projects, again encouraging new solutions to the city.
This RSA project worked in partnership with Peterborough Council and Arts Council England.